Visa ban is disrespectful to Nigeria, don’t do it,  FG cautions US, UK

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The government said it had consistently urged all parties and contestants to ensure and embrace peaceful conducts before, during, and after the elections.

The response was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwoye.

Accorfing to the statement, the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari was in support of patriotic non-governmental initiatives such as the one facilitated by Abdusalami Abubakar Peace Committee.

Besides, it said there were sufficient provisions in the nation’s laws to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud.

It urged the US and the UK to allow Nigeria’s laws and regulations to take their  course upon provision of concrete evudence to relevant authorities on which they could act.

According to it, “While we appreciate the support and encouragement of our international partners such as the European Union, we urge our equally valued partners such as the UK and US to cooperate with our relevant agencies by providing them whatever concrete evidence of observed misconduct to allow our laws and regulations to take their course.”

The Nigerian Government said that the responsibility for the conduct of elections in Nigeria solely resided with the Independent National Electoral Commission and State Independent Electoral Commissions.

It said: “The Federal Government, and especially the President, is (are) committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial, and security support to the electoral process.

In solidarising with the American government  over its forthcoming elections, the Nigerian government said it hoped the  exercise would be free from interference and violence.

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